Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, martyrs, at Rome (284).
Martyr Potitus, at Naples (2nd c.). St. Peter the Patrician, monk, of Constantinople (854). St. Angelina (Brancovic), despotina of Serbia (16th c).
Sts. Julius and Aaron, protomartyrs of Wales, at Caerleon (ca. 304). St. Gallus, bishop of Clermont (551). St. Eparchius the Recluse, of Angouleme, Aquitaine (581). St. Servanus, apostle of Western Fife, East Scotland (6th c.). St. Basil, founder of the Monastery of the Deep Stream in Cappadocia (10th c.) Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker and those with him, of Cyprus (late 12th c.). St. Leontius, bishop of Radauti in Moldavia (1432). Second translation of the relics of St. John of Rila from Turnovo to Rila (1470). 25 Martyrs in Nicomedia.
Friday. [I Cor. 4:5-8; Matt. 13:44-54]
Arriving in Nazareth the Lord found no
faith there. His visible simplicity hindered the Nazarenes
from seeing His invisible glory and divinity. Does not the
same occur with a Christian? Christian dogmas are very
simple in appearance; but for the mind which enters into
them, they represent an all-embracing harmonious system in
and of themselves, which were not, nor ever could be
generated by any creature’s mind. Proud-mindedness,
casting a fleeting glance at the simplicity of the
Gospels, is repelled by it and begins to build its own
house of knowledge, which it deems enormous and full of
broad horizons. It is in fact no more than a towering
house of cards, and the horizons are no more than mirages,
phantom products of a heated imagination. But there is no
point in telling him. He and his brothers are ready with
their critical attacks to immediately cast anyone from the
mountain into the abyss who tries to dissuade them; but
the truth always passes unharmed through their midst and
goes on to other souls capable of receiving it.